Children grow at different rates so rest assured that your child’s rate of development is almost certainly normal and if she seems not to have reached the same stage as others her age, she very soon will do. Here's what to expect when your toddler is 24 months old:
Becoming two years of age is a real milestone in your child’s life – babyhood is far behind her and she has developed a sense of herself as a separate entity. She’ll begin to talk about herself as an individual and start to express her feelings. She is likely to want to do things for herself; dress herself, feed herself, wash herself and do many other things, some of which she won’t be physically capable of achieving. If you offer to help her you are likely to be met with strong resistance. Try to avoid direct conflict and find other ways to persuade your toddler to co-operate with you.
Your child is both clever and curious and can concentrate on things that interest her, although she is easily distracted. She can also understand a lot more of the complexities of what is being said, so for example, when you ask her to ‘put on her boots because it’s muddy outside’ she will begin to associate her boots with mud and going out. Her memory is also much more sophisticated than it was a few months ago and she is beginning to understand abstract concepts such as ‘now’ and ‘later’.
‘Why’ is likely to have become a very overused word as your child seeks explanations for many of the things that she doesn’t understand in her life. Even if she knows the answer she’ll enjoy the fact that you are responding to her. Try to answer her questions patiently and keep your explanations simple.
Your child may be ready to start potty training now, or she may show no interest. There’s no point in potty training until your child is ready – signs of readiness include being able to indicate that she wants to go to the toilet, showing signs of discomfort in a wet or dirty nappy and being interested when you go to use the toilet.
What to expect, your child at 2 1/2 years